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Shiban Doing His Trek Homework

By Caillan
May 18, 2002 - 9:36 AM

X-Files writer-producer John Shiban is currently busy preparing for his new case - investigating the mysterious world of Star Trek.

Emmy-nominee Shiban joins Enterprise as co-executive producer next season, and admitted he's not up to speed with all the latest Trek happenings. Talking to TV Now's Marlee McBee, Shiban said he was a "fan of the original series, and I've seen my share of Next Generation and some of Voyager. I haven't seen much of Deep Space Nine, but I'm trying to catch up. I'm doing my homework."

Hoping not to make a crucial gaffe, Shiban is also getting up to speed with fan terminology. "I'm a fan but I don't know if I'm a Trekker or Trekkie. I know there's a difference. I'm learning."

Shiban joined The X-Files as staff writer in season three, rising through the ranks to become executive producer in season nine. Along the way, he was nominated for an Emmy for penning 'Memento Mori' with creator Chris Carter, Frank Spotnitz, and Vince Gilligan. Shiban also directed the episode 'Underneath,' and hopes to continue behind the camera on Enterprise.

The NX-01's resident medic, John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox), appeared as Timmy the Geek in The X-Files episode 'Three of a Kind.' Shiban mentioned he is "looking forward to working with him" on Enterprise, although he has yet to meet the rest of the cast.

Shiban will serve under the aegis of executive producers Rick Berman and Brannon Braga, who have both worked on the Trek franchise for over a decade. With Enterprise likely to enjoy a long run like its predecessors, how does Shiban account for the continued popularity of Star Trek?

"The basic paradigm is so brilliant, that you can keep telling stories for years," he said. "It's an honor to be a part of something like this."

The full interview with John Shiban, in which he also talks about the final season of The X-Files, can be found here at TV Now. Thanks to 'Captain Joe' for this!

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